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Front end shimmy. steering shakes left to right slightly

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What else can make front end shimmy besides tie rods?


basically everything can didnt specify type of vehicle so well go thru list first tires out of balance or under inflated and or oversized for vehicle ---hub /wheel bearing going bad ---upper or lower ball joint bad or damaged ----upper or lower control arm bushings---shocks/struts bad ---tie rods not properly installed ---idler arm bad or damaged --steering box/steering rack bad or damaged

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I have a 2007 uplander and it vibrates like the steering wheel shakes left and right when driving down the highway if I take my hand off the steering wheel it drifts to the right but when I take my foot...


start with tires; rotate them front to back

then check suspension components; anything loose will cause shimmy of any kind

brake rotors can be warped as well

Mar 30, 2015 | 2007 Chevrolet Uplander

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Vibration in front end while driving. steering wheel shaking. stops at higher speeds.


Have your tires checked for tread separation and your wheels checked for balance. Out of balance tires will go through harmonics such that at one speed it will vibrate a lot more than at another (higher or lower) speed.

Feb 03, 2014 | 2007 Pontiac Montana

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Shimmy like shaking at front end with vibrating in steering wheel


sounds like one of the balance weights has fallen off....

Jun 25, 2010 | 1999 GMC Suburban

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Alot of vibration and shaking when driving the vehicle.


there is a few things you can troubleshoot to find the problem. First I would check your front wheel bearings,when these go bad there is a slight hum, but if left to worsen you could get a loud hum/shaking/vibrating like the car is posessed! Second I would check your inner and outer tie rods for play. and,Third I would check your front tires, if there is a bump on your tire or if the inside of your tire is worn due to bad alignment being a front wheel drive car you could experience the same symptoms. I hope you find your problem and god bless.

Feb 09, 2010 | 2005 Infiniti G35

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1997 Grand Prix GT with 134,000 mi has a slight vibration/shimmy felt at the steering wheel at speeds above 65 mph. All new struts fwd and aft, alignment and new wheels and tires have been replaced in the...


If your tires were not properly balanced then it will cause that. Also, if your rotors are warped then icould cause this to happen. YOu would also notice it when braking if rotors are warped.

Oct 20, 2009 | Pontiac Grand Prix Cars & Trucks

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Steering wheel shimmy at highway speeds


This sounds like tie rod ends are going out. Before you remove the old ones, mark on the threads where it currently is seated or you will throw it out of alingment when you put new ones on. You may need to borrow or buy the tool for poping out the tie rod end. They aren't a big deal to change if you have some basic tools and sometimes you don't need the wedge tool either. Once you get the old one out, try moving it around. If it is real loose and moves easily, thats your problem. But the swaying you are describing sound like this is the problem. Could be you steering control arms as well but because the inside of the tires are worn I doubt it.

Oct 12, 2009 | 2004 Suzuki XL-7

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1995 Ford Crown Victoria - shakes/vibrates @ highway speeds.


Alignment has alot to do with the tires not shimmying.. Like zero toe setting. Loose componants like tie rod ends and the idler ar worn. You can ck for excess front end play by holding the front and back of the wheel and pushing and pulling on it, like rocking it. OR have someone rock the steering while you watch where the play is from underneath. By rocking I mean turn the steering wheel back and forth. Look at all th joints and pivot points for excess play, which is, movement not immediate to the rest of the steering system. Tire balance is very important. Wheel hop is a sign of a bad tire and it overtaxes the shock absorber. Shocks don't cause shimmy because they are a vertical movement controlA shimmy is lateral or side to side.Wheel balance weights must be spit. If a 2 oz. weight is needed to balance the tire, Oe once should be on the inside of the wheel and one ounce on the outside directly across from each outher.. Loose wheel brgs will cause shimmy, but they would not last long. Caster setting on the wheel alignment will also cause shimmy. Like on a shopping car. too much caster causes the wheel to start fluttering and is very hard on other componants. This may be why you have worn tie rod ends and a bad pitman arm. Worn control arm bushings and ball joints directly affect titre wear and can only be feltwhen the front end hits a dip and detected by side wear on the tire edges. Summary: replace the tie rod end and have the car aligned. Good Luck, -Ned_ sorry about the book

Sep 24, 2009 | 1995 Ford Crown Victoria

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1995 jeep wrangler shimmy's


not a big problem. It may be tie rod wearing. If you hear a click when turning it would be the ball joints. If it does not make clicking sound, then most likely tie rod ends or improper alignment

Apr 15, 2009 | 1995 Jeep Wrangler

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